Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Katrin Sigurdardottir

I just got very excited because, after coming across Katrin Sigurdardottir's work on OK Great last week, I then started looking through her upcoming exhibitions, where I discovered that she will be showing her work in a joint exhibition at the Eleven Rivington and Greenberg Van Doren galleries in New York this summer, from May 28 - July 3. This means that I get to have the fantastic luck of learning about a new (to me) artist, and then getting to go right out and see her work. Score! And wouldn't you be excited as well? Sigurdardottir's installations are a sight to behold. Take High Plane (2001-2005), the work in the above images, for example:
A very large white platform is constructed 13 feet off the ground, on top of the trusswork above the exhibition space. It is perforated with two holes and ladders that lead up to them. To view the landscape, the viewers climb the ladders and then can poke their heads through the 2 holes in the platform. Simultaneously they are confronted with each other and their heads become a disproportionate part of the landscape. The scene does not document an existing place, all the mountains/ islands are made up.

Don't you just love imaginary landscapes? I know I do, and I can't wait to see her work in person. Here are a few other installations by Sigurdardottir that I found to be particularly interesting.

Katrin Sigurdardottir, Untitled, 2004.
"A 300 foot long jagged wall, traversing between two exhibition halls in the museum, and a small hallway/bridge connecting the two spaces, The wall creates enclosures / cavernous spaces in each exhibition hall, that partly replicate the forms of the preexisting columns in the space. In the first exhibition hall the wall is lit with bright white lights in the wall itself, so that the space becomes overly bright. The other exhibition hall is dark, only lit by miniature lamps in the wall of the final miniature spiral of the piece."

Katrin Sigurdardottir, Haul IV, 2004.
"A miniature landscape in a small shipping crate. The crate is always shipped as is, with no additional packing, so it collects transport tags and other travel imprints."

Katrin Sigurdardottir, Fyrirmynd/Model, 1998-2000.
"A miniature highway, mapped out from a diagram of those neural pathways in the brain that are involved in seeing, visual perception and emotional response to vision."

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